City of Morenci looking for new zoning administrator 8.12.09

Written by David Green.

Following the death of Jack Baird, the city is in need of a new residential zoning administrator.

Keith Pennington, chair of city council’s Legal and Finance committee, suggested at Monday’s council meeting that building inspector Kevin Arquette or industrial/commercial inspector Jacob Barnes might be interested in seeking the job. Arquette answered that he would consider the job.

Mayor Doug Erskin suggested first advertising for the position and council voted unanimously to place an advertisement in the Observer.

FESTIVAL—City treasurer Stephanie Mossing gave council a financial report on the Town and Country Festival.

Revenue came in at $21,000—plus some additional funds coming from the Eagles club from the beer tent—and expenses were about $14,000.

“The problem,” Mossing said, “is that we had a deficit from last year.”

Mossing predicted the deficit would likely be cut considerably with the Eagles money, remaining at less than $2,000.

The committee lost money due to the wrestling shows, Deatrick said.

Pennington thanked the committee members and other volunteers for their hard work, and he also praised Joe Farquhar for his fund-raising for the fireworks.

Councilor Greg Braun added that he heard from Lenawee REACT—a volunteer group that helps with security—with praise for the committee.

SOUTH PARK—Betty Yenor discussed the situation at Stephenson Park and young people who stay in the park “at all hours of the night.”

Police chief Larry Weeks said it’s a challenging situation for his officers because it’s easy to hide behind trees in the park.

He said there are six to 10 teen-age children who are repeat problems and the issue is not being addressed by their parents.

He will be checking with the city attorney to see if documented repeat offenders can be barred from using the park.

He urged people to call 911 to report problems.

“That’s what it’s for,” he said. “You might as well get your money’s worth.”

SHELTERS—Council voted to accept a bid from Martinez and Petry to reroof the two Wakefield Park shelter houses on the east side of the park. Their low bid came in at $5,042. Six bids were submitted.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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